Why Oliver Partington is free to play for Wigan Warriors... despite receiving a ban

Oliver Partington has today been handed a one match ban - but is free to play for Wigan Warriors tomorrow night.

Thursday, 14th March 2019, 3:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th March 2019, 5:03 pm
Oliver Partington playing for Swinton. Picture: SWPix

The RFL's match review panel has charged the prop with a Grade A punching offence, which carries a one match penalty notice.

But Partington, who is in Adrian Lam's 19-man squad to face Warrington, will still be allowed to play in the HJ Stadium blockbuster if he is selected.

He committed the offence while playing on dual-registration for Swinton against Leigh last Sunday, for which he was sinbinned in the opening minute.

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While the RFL disciplinary scrutinise Super League matches on Mondays, they only deal with Championship and League One games on the following Thursdays.

And as such, suspensions don't kick-in until the following week's games as players are given until 11am on Tuesday to appeal and request a personal hearing.

If Partington accepts the ban, or is unsuccessful in challenging it, he will be banned for a game starting March 22 weekend.

Next week, Wigan and dual-reg partner club Swinton play on the same day - Sunday the 24th. But had they been playing on different days, then Partington would miss both - a player banned for a match can't play for another team (either dual-reg or Under-19s) on the same weekend.